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  • Does my husband have to be born in the USA to adopt my son?

    My husband has been a father to my son from the age of 1 he is now 4. his bf has not been around. My husband wants to adopt my son. My husband is from Mexico. Can he adopt him?

    Thomas’s Answer

    I would think yes.

    Thomas Taneff
    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

    I am not licensed in your state and this is a general discussion only.
    No attorney-client relationship is created or intended

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  • Can i contact my teenage son if my rights were terminated

    my rights were terminated and i recently found my 15 yr. old on facebook can i legally talk with him

    Thomas’s Answer

    I would only even think about doing this thru your attorney, or the attorney that represented the adoptive parents.

    Thomas Taneff
    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

    I am not licensed in your state and this is a general discussion only.
    No attorney-client relationship is created or intended.

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  • My aunt adopted my children and now wants to return them back to me through a process called a second adoption. Is that possible

    my aunt and uncle adopted my three children when i went to jail. now they are wanting to go through the court system to give them back to me through what they call a second adoption. i would like to know whats the process for that,what requirement...

    Thomas’s Answer

    It is possible for you to 're-adopt' a child(ren).
    You would have to go through the same pre-approval/homestudy process as any one else that wants to adopt and follow all the requirements that your state has in place.

    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

    I am not licensed in your state and this is a general discussion only.
    No attorney-client relationship is created or intended.

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  • How long after probate has been settled does an executor have to distribute funds!!

    We have an executor of an estate that is holding funds for NO reason!! He is being spiteful. Personal reasons are keeping him from giving us our check!! how long does he legally have to mail and or hand the check over?By the way, no bills or rea...

    Thomas’s Answer

    An Executor has an ethical and legal duty to be fair and impartial and administer an estate in a timely manner. Failure to do so could result in removal and a denial of any entitled fiduciary fees. Contact the attorney for the estate and the Court if necessary !

    Thomas Taneff
    Attorney

    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

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  • Is everyone who is mentioned in a will supposed to get a copy of that will?

    Is everyone who is mentioned in a will supposed to get a copy of that will?

    Thomas’s Answer

    I THINK THAT IS ALWAYS THE BEST PRACTICE !

    THOMAS TANEFF
    ATTORNEY

    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

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  • Is it necessary to file a will with probate court?

    If someone has a will dividing all property among two children and there is no property but only a small checking account with kids name on it, is it necessary to file the will with probate upon death?

    Thomas’s Answer

    IT IS ALWAYS RECOMMENDED TO FILE THE WILL FOR RECORD ! IF ASSETS ARE DISCOVERED IN THE FUTURE AND/OR ONE OF YOU PASS AWAY, THE WILL WILL HELP CONTROL WHO GETS WHAT !

    THOMAS TANEFF
    ATTORNEY
    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

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  • My mom adopted my children when they where born. But they have now been living with me for 4 yrs how can I get them legalyagain

    My mom had adopted my kids when they where little now I have had them for 4 years now. How can I make them leagly mine without the courts??

    Thomas’s Answer

    I don't know that you can make them legally yours without the courts.
    However, you could probably get them legally with the courts especially if your mom
    is in agreement.
    You need to consider filing for legal custody or guardianship, and or possibly pursuing adopting them back.

    Thomas Taneff
    Attorney

    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

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  • Can an adult who is not a legal citizen be legally adopted?

    Can an adult who is not a legal citizen be legally adopted?

    Thomas’s Answer

    Some states do allow an adult to be adopted if certain circumstances apply, such as whether there was a parent-child like relationship between them.
    Whether they are a legal citizen may or may not be relevant.

    Thomas Taneff
    Attorney

    Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 22 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005. He is also the Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States.

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  • If i am a court appointed Co-Guardian for my mother, do I have the legal right to access her credit report?

    I believe that my fathers girlfriend has obatined my mothers social security number and is using it illegally. I recently became her Co-Guardian and was wanting to obtain her credit report to see if there was any activity.

    Thomas’s Answer

    I believe you do.
    In fact, you may have a legal obligation to do so in order to protect your ward.
    You may wish to ask the Court for permission and guidance.

    Thomas Taneff
    Attorney

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  • As an executrix can i charge the estate a fee

    how long should it take to settle a uncomplicated estate. The property sold in October 2008. The estate is still not settled. What is a reasonable amount to time.

    Thomas’s Answer

    Typically and Executor earns a statutory fee.
    If there are extra-ordinary circumstances, complex issues or litigation you may be able get greater compensation. But, it may depend on what the language in the Will says and you still may have to get Court permission.
    An uncomplicated estate can take 1 to 6 months.
    But, what your definition of "uncomplicated" means is difficult to define.

    Thomas Taneff
    Attorney

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